‘I did it with a drill, an angle grinder and some hand files’
Engineering student Charlie Green turned a wrecked CB200 into a bike fit for the Bike Shed
For some, bolting on a pair of mini-indicators and swapping the airbox for a foam filter is shedbuilt enough, but for 25-year-old mechanical engineering student Charlie Green, no job is too big – even tranforming an £800 wreck purchased after a boozy evening.
“A drunken university night out led to a friend convincing me to buy an old, basket case for £800,” says Green. “After convincing said friend to collect it in his van, I set out on trying to make my own mark on the bike. It’s been rebuilt three times but I’d say this is the best, and final, iteration.”
First job was to sort out the handling, so Green stripped the bike to the frame, before seam-welding the whole thing as well as adding some stiffening braces to the rear end at the same time.
“I only really had access to a drill, an angle grinder and some hand files (poor, I know for an engineering student), so everything done to the bike needed to be able to be done by hand.
“Originally the bike was going to be naked, but when I created my speedo bracket, I didn’t really like the lines of the front end so I stumbled across the fairing on ebay. The cockpit fairing now nicely covers the mini-speedo and the stock tacho.
“The engine was rebuilt (a couple of times in the end) with a clutch cover mod to increase oil flow to the top end. It has also had some minor porting and polishing plus a 1mm overbore.”
The bike came with a tank from a CB650, but Green soon ditched that in favour of one from a CB500T. He did all the paint himself in a “cold and miserable garage.”
Not bad for an £800 boozy buy Charlie’s CB200 now wears a CB500T tank
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